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Family Law

Paternity

Questions of paternity can be difficult to resolve and often involve people who are totally  unaware of their rights and responsibilities. There is a huge amount of confusion and  misinformation in this area of the law.  The Law Office of Karen L. Vervaecke helps both mothers and potential fathers understand their rights and responsibilities and  resolve paternity disputes.

Modification of Custody or Support Orders

In order to modify an existing custody, visitation or support order,  the party seeking the modification has the burden of proving that a material change in circumstances has occurred since the entry of the last order or decree. If a material change is shown, the court will then evaluate the individual facts and circumstances of the case and determine if modification is in the best interests of the children. It is usually  best to try and resolve these types of issues through negotiation and mediation if at all possible.

Adoption

There is nothing more gratifying in the practice of law than doing adoptions, either by aiding birth parents place their child in a loving home, or helping the adoptive parents complete their family through adoption. The Law Office of Karen L. Vervaecke is experienced in representing both birth and adoptive parents. It is vital that all parties understand the rights and obligations before signing anything or even starting the process of giving up a child or adding to their family.

Probate/Wills/Estate Planning

Probate is a legal process when the Court determines the validity of a will and appoints an executor/personal representative for the estate. The probate court will assess the validity of clams made against the estate by heirs, beneficiaries, and creditors. If your loved one died  (without a will) it is even more vital that you seek an experienced probate attorney. Additionally, the probate Court handles guardianships and conservatorships of people who are disable or otherwise unable to manage their affairs. The Law office of Karen L.

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